Google’s robot won the DARPA contest





Japanese robotic company schaft , owned by Google, Challenge DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials in the lead by a wide margin. Her robot scored 27 points out of a possible 32, beating his nearest rival by IHMC Robotics seven points. Third place went to Tartan, and the fourth went to MIT.

Robot Competition was held from 20 to 21 December at the track Homestead Miami Speedway, usually host race cars. In Homestead (a city in the southern part of Florida, United States) met 16 teams from around the world. Contestants have done everything possible to deal with a series of tasks assigned to them. Robots had to be programmed to demonstrate an understanding of simple commands given by untrained people. For example, the robot needs to understand commands such as “Open the door” or “remove the obstacles.”

According to DARPA, the main objective of the competition was to create a robot that could help people in the liquidation of emergency situations. In fact it was part of the eight objectives of the contest: driving, passing stone embankments, cleaning debris, opening doors and entrance to the room, up the stairs, the destruction of the concrete walls with the help of a working tool, search and closing of valves and fire hose connection to the tube, followed by the opening of the valve.

As the resource Business Insider, SCHAFT appeared ten times stronger than its competitors. The video below shows how Google’s robot performs all eight tasks of the competition. Despite the suspension cables used here, which prevent the robot from falling, SCHAFT could well do without any additional devices.

DRC Trials is the final stage before the contest DRC Finals, which will take place next year. In December 2014 to determine the winner, who will receive the grand prize of $ 2 million.
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